Venue: The City of Refuge, Airport Road by St, Mary's Junction, Ugboroke, Effurun/Warri, Delta State.
Ministering LIVE: Buchi, Rev. Igho, Buchi, Rev. Atenega, Rev. Gweke, Gboyega Sax, The Glorious Fountain Choir.
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Guest profiles below:
Buchi Atuonwu is a gospel Reggae legend. Born in Kaduna to parents of Oboro, Umuahia in Abia state, He lived in Lagos most of His life. Buchi actually started out as a resident Disc Jockey (DJ) at the then popular floating Buka Club in Marina with friend, Raskimono who was also playing the same trade. For years he was at it, then he met Chris Oyakhilome of Believers Love World a.k.a Christ Embassy who later brought him to Christ in 1992. From there on, there was no looking back for him.
It took another seven years before he released his first album in 1991, and when he did, it became an instant hit, winning an award in the first few months. The last one was released not too long ago. It's called The Sound of Life. The first was a huge success even though it was not an instant market success. It took about two years before Premier Music signed it up. In 2002, He released So Beautiful. This song had 'It is well' In 2005, 'What a Life' was released and it had songs like Nmama. It was a success too.
Buchi will be ministering for the first time at THE ENCOUNTER 15.
REV. VICTOR ATENAGA
Senior Pastor SWIM-The Glorious House, Benin City, International Worship leader, voice coach and song writer.
Victor Atenaga has been a member of CGM Int. Inc, founded by Arch.B.A Idahosa of blessed memory since his conversion in the late 80s.He has being working passionately in the service of God’s house and the kingdom. The outstanding beauty of his skill and excellence made him noticed in the midst of thousand also gifted. This has made him ever contemplate the resounding word’s of the preacher king in the ancient desert of Jerusalem reverberating through centuries with its echo’s; seeth thou a man diligent in his work, he sit before kings and not mean men.
When it comes to Gospel Music, we have witnessed the rise of various artists, but what makes this man stand out is the “Anointing”, he is not another artiste and doesn’t just sing for the sake of it, he ministers, brings simplicity in lyrics and expresses himself in his own style. He influences lots of people in Nigeria in his capacity as a conference speaker, music minister and also a resource person in music, voice grooming, choir administration, and has also trained lots of choir and artiste in the country.
In 1997, he was asked by the Redemption Faith Magazine why his style of ministry is unique and dynamic, he said I see heaven open when I worship and just do the things inspired and imprinted in my heart and before you know it, the people just walk straight into the presence of God. Rev. Atenaga Victor was noticed by the Archbishop and was immediately transferred or called to the International Headquarters of the Church of God Mission (Faith Arena), Benin City, Nigeria; where he has been serving for more than one decade. Until the home call of the Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Victor Atenaga served him as his personal psalmist traveling with him for programs within & outside the country.
One memorable meeting that has remained indelible in the hearts of thousands of worshippers that gathered at the international Convention of the great mission, it was a Friday Night in the month of Nov.1997, instructed by the Archbishop, he sang just before the evening message will begin and the whole meeting was engulfed with such an awesome presence of God that the Archbishop couldn’t preach anymore, all he instructed was for everyone to pray and march round the field and go home, because God has spoken. The Archbishop recalled that great day while preaching in another meeting, how the Holy Spirit said to him “What More Do You Have To Say, because I have finished speaking to my people”.
It was an incredible night. This is just part of the great and strange things that happens in his meetings. Rev. Victor Atenaga will be ministering Live at THE ENCOUNTER 2015. Victor Atenaga resides in Benin City Nigeria with his wife. The man who leads thousands into God’s presence in different places is just a simple lovely husband, who delights in serving as a short order cook at home.
Victor Atenaga will be ministering at THE ENCOUNTER 2015.
REVD. IKOGE OGHENEGWEKE PHILIP
Revd. Ikoge Oghenegweke Philip is a praise addict, a worshipper of YAWEH, song writer, a composer, a gospel artist, a teacher and preacher of the word. He is the author of the gospel music album titled: “YOU WILL GET THERE”. He is a graduate of Baptist College of Theology Benin City, an affiliate of the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso were he got his B.TH, in theology and the Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, Edo state were he got his B.A. in Religious Studies. He is the pioneer pastor of Wisdom Baptist Church Warri. (House of Testimony), He is married to his African Queen Joy and the union is blessed with two sons and a daughter. Revd. Gweke will be ministering at THE ENCOUNTER 2015.
Gboyega Oyedepo popularly known as Gboyega sax he is a gospel musician a singer, composer , producer and a multi instrumentalist which saxophone is one of the major ways of been a blessing to God's people. His passion for music has grown over the years where he acquired music accreditations from both local and international Music institutions before going to Lagos state University where he had a Bsc in Public Administration.
He started music as a teenager at his local church taking up the drums as the first choice of instrument before heading to the saxophone with the influence of Pastor Kunle Ajayi and other foreign saxophone players who he has looked up to over the years. He has played with so many musicians and bands both local and internationally and also lead many music ministries through trainings and also been a part of there successes.
He started working on his Debut Album by releasing his first single “TEHILAH” in 2012 which is a medley of gospel tunes done in an afro salsa form with African percussions in high praise unto God Almighty, before releasing the album single ”TAMARA” where he featured Rev IGHO and the Glorious fountain choir. He officially released his album in August 2015 which is an 11 track album and a combination of different genre of music ranging from Salsa, Rock, Hi-life, R&B etc which are arranged in Praise and adoration to God Almighty. Apart from music, Gboyega sax is a businessman,Public analyst, event manager and loves to see the work of God go to the next level in all ramifications.
He will be ministering live at THE ENCOUNTER 2015.
REV. IGHO YEGBEBURU
Rev. Igho Lewis Yegbeburu is a distinguished clergyman, author, songwriter, composer, arranger, music producer and life coach. He lives in the African country of Nigeria with his wife, Toyin and their three lovely children, David, Sharon and Bliss. He is the President of the Glorious Fountain Ministries an interdenominational non profit body committed to promoting worship and the unity of Churches through music since 1994. The Glorious Fountain Ministries plays a key role in restoring and fostering peaceful coexistence through the preaching of the gospel of peace, love and unity, and has received special commendation from the Governor of the Nigerian State in which Rev. Igho lives.
Rev. Igho also started the “Replenish Charity Fund”, a non-profit body dedicated to breathing life to destinies through partial or full tuition scholarships. Replenish Charity Fund helps young and promising individuals fulfill their dreams of having a college education. Replenish Charity Fund is also involved in providing welfare packages to Orphans, Widows and others in need.
Rev. Igho Lewis Yegbeburu has touched the hearts of thousands of fellow Nigerians and has inspired them to find their inherent strength of character and in the process the wonderful restoration of their dignity. He was awarded with 2014 Unsung Hero (“International” Category").
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